Whatever happens on Sunday, it’s been a wonderful season.
We can’t finish any lower than seventh, we’ve already beaten last season’s points tally and there’s still the Europa League to follow.
If you’d asked any Wolves fan at the starting pistol I’m certain 99.99% would have been delighted with such a result.
There have been off days, even since the restart, but there’s always been a response and the feeling that those setbacks have made the team stronger.
Seven points (which should have been nine) from the last three matches after the disappointment of back-to-back defeats underlines the resilience of the group.
It’s an injustice we’re not heading to Stamford Bridge knowing a victory would secure our own place in the Champions League and anyone who looks at the decisions we’ve had to endure over the 37 matches couldn’t argue with any degree of credability.
There was no arguing about the result against Chelsea back in September. They well and truly walloped us.
Wolves completely broke down after falling behind to a wonder strike from Tomori and Tammy Abraham exposed our defensive frailities.
But there’s no Jesus Vallejo this time, no Traore at wingback (we hope) and no concerns about confidence or handling the workload. They’re going to get our best this time.
Their defeat to Liverpool the other night underlined their performances over the season, which is to say, plenty of goals of scored but way too many conceded.
I watched the second half of their game against Palace recently and again, they dominated for long periods but then looked likely to conceded every time Palace came forward towards the end.
If they want to compete with the very best next season they’ll need to significantly improve a defensive record of 54 goals conceded. Brighton have conceded 53.
They only need a draw on Sunday but it’s hard to imagine them being anything other than gung-ho, as that’s been the approach all season.
The home end
Some thoughts lifted from the pre-match thread on The Shed End forum.
It’s gonna be a nerve wracking final day! In the good old days when we had a proper keeper and defence, I would bet everything we would see this game out without too much trouble. With this motley crew i”ll still be sh*tting myself if we’re 2 up with 10 mins left.
We’re playing for the CL qualification and Wovles are playing for the Europe League qualification. A game with a lot of weight. The only positive things I saw from the game against Liverpool are the subs and as a team we didn’t give up and kept playing. Our backline including the GK is pretty awful, I really hope that for this game our players understand the importance of the game. We have a great chance to get into the CL and we have the ability to do it.
I fully expect Wolves to go for the win. Although top 4 is out of their reach, they do have something to play for in that a win might guarantee them a Europa spot. The first goal will be vital in a game like this. If we can score first it will hopefully settle any nerves and that will help. Although a draw is enough for us, it will be a nervy finish if we are all tied towards the end, especially knowing our defence and goalkeeper.
Nuno has rotated in the last few games and you can’t argue with the results.
One constant though has been Daniel Podence and he was again productive against Crystal Palace, scoring his first Premier League goal and asking plenty of questions. I expect him to start again unless Nuno prefers the 352.
There’s nearly a fortnight until the Olympiakos game so this is just about picking the best XI and extracting every drop from the squad.
Well done to Paddy, Pauluswolf, Graham from Horsham, theDOOGooder, Iceni Wolf, Prawny, oldandwise, kiwiwolf, vicsmith, JackoMac, WOLFSTROKER, Stafford Road Steve, St. Kitts Wolves, Matt Cook, Marnhull Wolves, Happy Wanderer, CorbyWolf and London wolvesloyal for all correctly forecasting the 2-0 win over Palace.
Going into the final prediction of the season vicsmith leads the way at the top of the overall table but both IceniWolf and MILDENHALL WOLF could still win it. Good luck to all of you.
As always, if you want to join in, simply leave your prediction in the comment section below using the boxes provided.
That’s where you’ll find my best guess.
Up The Wolves!